AlSadi Changing Lives Programme

Students in Jordan for the Alsadi Changing Lives Programme

The University is delighted to announce the third AlSadi Changing Lives Programme, a cultural exchange opportunity in Jordan. This initiative is kindly sponsored by the philanthropist Majid AlSadi, the Chairman and CEO of Eastern Holding.

The programme will provide our students with a global, life-changing experience and a chance to immerse themselves in Middle Eastern culture and learning. 

Working with a number of charitable organisations, the AlSadi Changing Lives Programme will give students the chance to build new skills and participate in community projects, volunteering activities, group workshops and historical visits to the beautiful sites of Amman, Jordan.

About the programme

Dates and duration:

Monday 11 September – Thursday 21 September, 11 days (inclusive of travel)

Please note: You must be available for the whole period of time

There will be a pre-departure session held on Tuesday 18th July for successful participants to learn more about the programme and to meet each other

Funding:

The cost of travel, insurance, accommodation and meals will be covered by the Majid AlSadi Changing Lives Programme and the University of Westminster.  Students will be responsible for the cost of their visa and any other expenses incurred.

Itinerary/what’s included:

The key aim of the programme is to provide students with a better understanding of life in the Middle East, through participating in volunteering projects, educational workshops and local tours to heritage sites. The volunteering project will normally focus on working with an elementary school, helping to develop the schools infrastructure and working with the children.

The volunteering projects will include a variety of activities, which may include participating in cultural discussions, working with an elementary school, teaching English, helping to develop the schools infrastructure and working with the children.

  • Madrasati
  • Jordan Media Institute
  • Al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans
  • Jordan River Foundation 

Accommodation

All students will be staying at a hotel, which will be arranged by the Alsadi Changing Lives Programme. Details of the hotel will be confirmed prior to departure. 

Students will be required to share a single-sex room (2 people per room).

In-country support

Two staff members from the University of Westminster will accompany the trip and will be available at all times. In addition, colleagues from the AlSadi Changing Lives Programme, based in Amman will be on hand to provide support.

Cost of programme and funding

Most of the programme has been generously funded by Dr Majid AlSadi, Chairman and CEO of Eastern Holding, a major philanthropist who promotes a commitment to humanitarian work, social justice and cross-cultural exchange. This means that students participating in the programme will not have to pay for travel, meals and accommodation.

Student Testimonials 

This was the best experience I have had whilst attending Westminster University. I feel so privileged to be a part of this trip. From start to finish, I was in awe of the work the Jordanians do to ensure children, mothers, families and communities are educated and equally respected.

At times, the programme is challenging, but it opens your eyes and allows you to question in a way you have never been able to before. If I could, I would apply again a million times over. 

Holly Patrick, BA Journalism 

Eligibility

You must be enrolled as a full-time, undergraduate student at the time of this trip.

Agree to the ‘Expectations of trip participants’ 

  • Be on time and participate in all activities and meetings
  • Post at least 3 times throughout the trip on social media (ie Tweets, Facebook, Instagram)
  • Submit photos, videos or write a blog post about your experience
  • Complete a workbook or reflective journal about your time on the trip
  • Participate in a project specific to the trip destination
  • Be prepared to prep and deliver a workshop (you will be notified in advance if you are required to do this)
  • Be aware that things may change during your time abroad, have an open mind and be flexible!
     

How to join the programme

  • Complete an online application form
  • Agree to the participant expectations
  • Be available to travel from 11-21 September 2017

Selection process:

 Applications have now closed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome a week after the application period closes.

A selection panel will shortlist the participants against criteria which includes:

  • Academic performance
  • Motivation for taking part in the programme
  • Quality of response to the application questions
  • Previous Outward Mobility experience with the University

Further details

The University of Westminster takes the safety of our students very seriously.  This cultural exchange programme will be supported in-country by two members of Westminster staff and all students must take Westminster’s insurance. 

All students selected to participate in the programme will be required to attend two pre-departure briefing sessions. The first will take place on Tuesday 18th July and the second will be held in August (date TBC)

For further advice on security and visiting Amman, please see:

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